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Gabrijel Stupica
(1913-1990) Gabrijel Stupica was born in Dražgoše. He studied painting under Professors Maksimilijan Vanka, Jozo Kljaković, Omer Mujadžić and Ljubo Babić at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He graduated in 1936. His art was influenced by his visit to a Tizian exhibition in Venice in 1937 and an exhibition of masterpieces from the Prado in Geneva in 1939. After World War II he travelled to Paris twice and regularly attended the Venice Biennale, where his works were included in the Yugoslav selection in 1952 and 1958. In 1968 his work was exhibited in a special exhibition mounted within the framework of the Venice Biennale, drawing the attention of international critical circles. He also exhibited at the Kassel Documenta in 1957. In 1946 he moved from Zagreb to Ljubljana, where he became a full time professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, which has just been established. He won the Prešeren Award four times: in 1948, for his oil painting Girl with a Chinese Lantern, in 1950, for his oil painting In front of the Procession, in 1957, for his paintings Girl with Toys and Self-Portrait with a Child, and in 1981, for his lifetime achievement in the field of fine art creation.